Pax Britannica love

Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The period of British imperialism after the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, which led to a period of overseas British expansionism.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • What I did was to connect the naval rise and fall with its relative economic rise and fall that the underpinnings of, say, the Pax Britannica were the Industrial Revolution, that the rise of Britain in the 17th century was due to the rise of trade and finance just as the fall of Britain was connected to its being relatively overtaken by other more productive powers.

    Preparing for the Twenty-First Century

  • We have used the force of arms to conquer the forces of barbarism and semi-civilisation, but the most hostile of our critics may be safely challenged to point to any country or province upon which we have imposed the Pax Britannica, which is not now the better for it.

    The World Peril of 1910

  • Often called the Pax Britannica, the Victorian era was a time when the British Empire, as we were reminded at school, included one-quarter of the population of the world.

    Gods of the Copybook Headings

  • Ms. Morris, best known for innumerable travel books and an esteemed history of British imperial rule, the Pax Britannica trilogy, first conjured the city-state on a remote peninsula in the eastern Mediterranean my guess is somewhere near the Balkans in 1985 with "Last Letters from Hav."

    Visiting a Land Beyond Fodor's Reach

  • Its Pax Britannica was thus almost a precursor to today's Pax Americana.

    Now That The Sun Has Set

  • Britain bestrode the world like a colossus and only those with strong nerves or weak judgment dared challenge the Pax Britannica.

    20 predictions for the next 25 years

  • In the 1910s, the rising power and wealth of Germany and America splintered the Pax Britannica; in the 2010s, east Asia will do the same to the Pax Americana.

    20 predictions for the next 25 years

  • But then I am an unapologetic Imperialist - I think Pax Britannica was good for the world and certainly better than what we have now.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • As the eminent historian Louis Dupree put it in his book Afghanistan (Oxford University Press, 2002, p. 425): "Pashtun tribes, almost genetically expert at guerrilla warfare after resisting centuries of all comers and fighting among themselves when no comers were available, plagued attempts to extend the Pax Britannica into their mountain homeland."

    Chalmers Johnson: Three Good Reasons to Liquidate Our Empire

  • The appeal of the pamphlets of Mill and Locke and Paine relied on the guns of Pax Britannica, and on the might of America when British power gave way.

    Obama Tells Arabia's Despots They're Safe


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.